Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre Vitanje
|Spominski center Vitanje|
|Grajski trg 1, SI-3205 Vitanje|
|Phone||386 (0) 3 757 4355|
|Open||10am-3pm Tue, 10am-5pm Thu|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 668 656|
The Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre is a one-artefact-museum –book The Problem of Space Travel (1929). The memorial room slightly resembles the interior of a space observatory. Due to lack of physical memorabilia about his life, the interior of an observatory capsule presents videos with statements of renowned historians, cosmonauts and astronauts for instance: Tatjana Nikolajevna Zhelnina, Pavel Klushantsev, Jurij Baturin, Roger Launius, Frederick I. Ordway III, and sir Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke introduced Potočnik's design of the wheel space station to Stanley Kubrick who used it (uncredited) in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969).
Herman Potočnik Noordung
A visionary with an extraordinary technological imagination and an astounding philosophy of existence,was the author of the first strategic plan for the human exploration of space, whose predictions enjoy growing confirmation with each new extra-terrestrial accomplishment in the modern era. Born in 1892 to Slovene parents in Pula, Croatia, he spent World War I as a first lieutenant, assisting in the construction of railway lines and bridges on the Soča and Piava rivers. In 1925 he completed his engineering and electro-technical studies in Vienna with the title Specialist in Rocket Technology. Years of dire economic hardship and illness coincided with his design of a futuristic rocket and his exploration of space-travel technology. Despite setbacks the first notes for a book emerged, inspired by the writings of German rocket scientist Hermann Oberth. By 1928 Noordung had completed a rough draft of all the chapters, and in 1929, shortly before his death, the book Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums was published. Running 188 pages and featuring 100 of his own drawings, it discusses gravity and ways of overcoming it, looks at space technology used in everyday life, contemplates the efficiency of the rocket while warning against its possible misuse for military purposes, and envisions a geostationary satellite that would orbit the globe indefinitely with enviable precision. The concluding thought of the fourth and last segment of Potočnik's book is about the drive for nuclear and photonic technology which would make it possible to travel to nearby planets in our universe. The book considers space travel not as mere day-dreaming but as a very real technological possibility.
Since its inception the concept of the Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre Vitanje and related events have been closely linked to the artistic endeavours of the Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet and developed by (Merger of Art and Science), (Postgravity Art) and (Culturalisation of Space).
Cosmonaut Jurij Baturin speaks on the opening of his exhibition Meeting With Earth (2009)
The memorial centre has occasionally hosted astronauts (for example, Christer Fuglesang, Sunita Williams) and other prominent guests. In May and June 2009 the Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre Vitanje hosted an exhibition of Russian scientist and cosmonaut Jurij Baturin with the title Meeting with Earth.
- Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT)
- Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet
- Delak Institute
- Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre Vitanje website
- Herman Potočnik Noordung on Vesolje.net website
- Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre Vitanje blog
- Herman Potočnik on Wikipedia
- Potočnik's book The Problem of Space Travel. The Rocket Motor, The NASA History Series online (no illustrations) and on Google Books
- Municipality of Velenje (in Slovenian) – Look for the article "Celostna revitalizacija KD Vitanje v KSEVT" (with photos) under the section on EU Projekti, as well as the section on Herman Potočnik Noordung.
- The KSEVT project presentation, Bevk Perović Arhitekti